Pietra (Amber)
Brasserie Pietra

Pietra (Amber)Pietra (Amber)
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Style:
Vienna Lager
Ranked #192
ABV:
6%
Score:
76
Ranked #46,297
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
158
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Brasserie Pietra
 
France
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
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Pietra (Amber)Pietra (Amber)
Notes: Pietra, the chestnut beer
Beer of the land and nature

PIETRA is a specialty beer, of low fermentation.

Using traditional methods it is brewed from selected malts and chestnut flour.

The chestnuts used come from the most beautiful and highest chestnut grove in Europe, located in the Castagniccia, at an altitude of over 1,000 meters.

Every autumn the fruit is hand-picked, transported down the hill on donkeys and sorted by hand. This guarantees flour of a very high quality, from a totally natural environment.

Highly fermentable, chestnut flour has an excellent impact on the quality of the head and gives beer its beautiful coloring. Mixed into the malt during the mashing process, the chestnut flour is a prime ingredient and not just a flavoring.

This recipe, unique in the world, gives PIETRA its conflicting taste accentuating a lingering subtle bitterness.

Powerful and delicate, robust and smooth, Pietra has a 6% alcohol content. It displays a beautiful amber color, an intense chestnut head, dense and creamy, making the pleasure of tasting it all the more enjoyable.
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 158
Photo of OFallonBrent
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden color. Moderate head.

S: Sweet with slight alcohol aroma.

T: Dry malt flavor. No evident hop flavor. Hint of chestnut flavor.

M: Medium-light body. Some carbonic bite.

D. Nice refreshing beer. A bit unusual and does not fit what most people think of when they think of an amber ale. Overall a nice beer.

Not sure why this is on BA as a Vienna, it is an ale.

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Photo of kflorence
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my sis and her fiance for bringing me a bottle of this all the way from Corsica!

A: Pours a very light amber brown... very carbonated, not much head retention. Slight lacing left around the glass.

S: Smells mostly of pale malts, fruits, cinnamon and grains, very little chestnut is present in the aroma.

T: Interesting flavor, not quite what I had expected. Tastes like a combination of pale ale and nut brown ale, perhaps with the former taking the front seat. Definitely ends more on the nutty side, with the lingering chestnut flavor in your mouth. Rather on the light side, pretty refreshing.

M: Pretty watery overall, not much body, and fairly high carbonation. Nothing spectacular here, but it could definitely be worse.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable because it tastes good and is rather on the light side. Overall it's a pretty simple brew; tasty and refreshing but nothing spectacular. An interesting brew considering it has chestnut flour in it. Not bad at all.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber colour, a bit lighter than the bottle. A fairly nice head disappears pretty quickly leaving some lacing.

It smells pretty good!

The taste is pretty good, too. Not entirely run-of-the-mill. There's a different flavour/sensation on the roof of the mouth/back of the tongue/nose. It's a kind of smokey earthiness like a smoked cheese or a scotch.

Feels fine in the mouth.

As for drinkability, it'd be fine to have a couple.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer brewed with chestnut flour? Sounds interesting enough.

A: Orange tinged amber with a fizzy white head. Retention is just OK and little lace is left behind.

S: Smells mostly of straw like malt with a tough of grass. There seems to be a faint nutty aroma, but I wonder if it's a figment of my imagination.

T: There is a nice nuttiness to the flavor. It's backed up by husky malt and a mild pepper bitterness that grows through the beer's finish.

M: The body is quite grainy and has a bit too much fizz going on.

D: The chestnut flour gives this beer a complexity that takes it a step above other beers of this type. Not bad overall, but not something I'd put on a must try list.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber, no head when poured into a clean glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Small aroma of malts and sugars. Pleasing, and not very alcoholic.

Taste: Slightly stronger than expected from a lighter amber, slightly sweet and with malts and slight hop flavor dominating. Some carmel in the aftertaste. (the bottle says it is brewed with chestnut flour, I didn't taste any). Flavors fade quickly.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for having an ABV of 6%.

Overall: This is a fine amber, one that stands up to many generic American amber lagers. I could do with less carmel and sweetness, but still enjoy this beer. It is not an excellent beer, but a good one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Corsican beer - friends of mine visited the island last year and had nothing but good things to say about the place - let's see how their brewskis hold up...

This beer pours a medium hazy pale golden hue, with two fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves sparse webbed lace around the glass. It smells of grassy, weedy hops, and white cracker grain. The taste is earthy, chalky hops, and white grain. The carbonation is average, the body decently weighted, and a bit edgy, and it finishes very dry and kind of metallic.

A good dry lager - I don't know where the 'Amber' designation on the label comes from, nor what effect the chestnut flour had. Too much Mediterranean sun, I guess...

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Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Golden amber color. Pretty substantial carbonation pours into a 3 finger foamy white head. Settles slowly. Eventually settles, but leaves a thin layer of foam (just to keep your brew feeling cozy). Beer ring lacing hangs around as the beer settles. Pretty thick lacing further remains as you drink. Head renews completely with each pour.

S: Nice pale malt, lightly fruity hops, Italian spice, and a little nut.

T: Really distinct flavor. A medium to light malt, fairly sharp and pungent hops. The kicker is the leathery, nutty flavor to follow.

M: Has kind of a musty feel to it, but oddly not really in a bad way. Like the quality a nicely aged cheese has. Light, but hearty.

D: Really solid drinkability. Good flavor, good body.

Really solid atmosphere. Solid appearance, and a really pleasing, interesting, but not in an offensive way (more in an intriguing way) nose. Distinctive flavor, but not in a strange secret ingredient which overwhelms way and seemed like it may have been a good idea but in effect just distracts from the beer way, just in a unique flavor and solid balance way. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO- Deep transparent amber with a fizzy and short lived white fizz. Nose is floral hops, bread crust, some spices, a bit woody. Tastes of spicy floral hops, caramel malts, some semi sweet fruit, vanilla and wood. Nice carbonation was lively throughout. Bitter and sharp finish. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of bloberglawp
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark cooper, decent head and traces of lace. Subtle malty aroma, quite clean, hints of german dopplebock caracter.

Flavor, quite unimpressive yet nothing wrong about it, a clean malty lager, very much like what is present in germany. A little thinner bodied and a tad more bitter, reminds me of Mexico's Negra Modello.

Easily quaffable, a million times more flavor than those mass produced lager. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a flash in the pan head that leaves very little lace on the glass. The aroma is grainy with a slightly musty/wet hay character. The taste shows some light toasty malt flavors with grassy hops in toe. The finish is malty with a slightly tart character. The mouthfeel is light and prickly in carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. Its not very hoppy or sumptuosly malty, but it does have its own appeal. The weird musty flavor is not unpleasant and adds a unique character to the beer. Its not oxidization, but somewhat similar. Maybe it has something to do with the chestnut flour used.

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Photo of TerryW
1.88/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Now I gather that the French have that wine making thing down, but from my experience, they need to work on their beer technique. This is another example of a pretty uninspired factory grade beer that borders on being flat out nasty.

Average to look at - golden yellow with a short head and some spotty lace. Slightly grainy nose over some malt.

Odd flavour with an off putting chemical taste. Sweet up front, followed immediately by a short bit of bitterness. Then come the chemicals and a dose of alcohol. No harmony, just a series of not so good things happening.

Not interesting, almost unpleasant. I think I'd pass.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LCBO; pours pale yellow, fast disapearing white head. Neutral aroma. Drinkable, though not tasty still not offensive, some malts there. Passable European, but I did not finish it. Average mouthfeel. Not a dark lager at all. A tad sweet.Appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of armock
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head no lacing

S - Is of fruity grainy malt

T - Not so good very grainy tasting

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not good on the drinkability scale way to grainy in the taste I think the French should stick to wine don't bother with this beer

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Photo of bsp77
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in the March 2009 Beer of the Month shipment.

First off, this is not a lager! The bottle says it is an "Amber Ale Brewed with Chestnut Flour".

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Flat Earth Pint Glass.

Appearance: Clear brownish-orange (never seen this color before), very thin head that leaves legs on the glass.

Smell: Noble hops, reminds me of a sweeter version of a Pilsner.

Taste: Earthy, grainy, sweet, and some noble hop bitterness. There is something else unique in the taste that I can't identify.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation, sweet feel. Feels more like a lager than an ale, wouldn't be surprised if this ale was lagered.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a fan of the grainy sweetness, making me hesitant to have another.

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Photo of tbeck
2.43/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange, slight tinge of red and clear. Has a thin white head that dissappears quickly into a collar, faint laciness. Aroma is malt and skunk, skunk being the majority. Taste is also very skunky but I did pick up some malt and a little bitterness. Light and thin texture, has a carbonated feel to it. Not recommended as a session beer, flavor is poor.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wierd clearbrownish-orange, nice white head, lots of lacing, lots of carbonation.

At first it smelled like a bad home-brewed beer, some toasty/bready malts, a bit sweet smelling.

Surprisingly bitter, not much body, grainy, maybe some nuttiness, the chestnut maybe?

Very carbonated, overall a different, refreshing beer!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, this is not a Euro Dark Lager. It clearly states on the bottle that it is an ale. Now as to what style of ale - don't know exactly, but I would guess it probably best fits Belgian Pale Ale, which is what I reviewed it as.

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - Light amber color with a thick head that settles into a thin chunky lace collar

S - noble hop aroma - perhaps a little light struck but might just be the varieties used; some smoky-nutty malt scents

T - sweet malty with a moderately strong smoke-like flavors, minor hop character on finish which is somewhat crisp

M - medium body, moderate to high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer to be sure. It really defies classification. After one, I can't say that I really know if I like it or not. It has an interesting complexity that is puzzling but might get tiresome after a while.

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Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one....made with Chestnut Flour (from ground chestnuts)..interesting...

A-Rich gold color...

S-Musty sweetness...earthy....

T-Can't say I can detect the "chestnuts" but it does have a unique earthy/nutty sweetness...I like the flavor..some caramel/nougat....closes with a soft hint of citrus hops..

M-Medium bodied...sweet feel...good carbonation.

D-Unique and glad I tried it...not an all-time great but an enjoyable sweeter style amber ale...reminds me a little of Finnegans Irish Amber which is made with potatoes but this is better.

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Photo of Viggo
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber orange, nice and bright, very thick white head forms, slightly soapy, slowly settles down to a thin layer and ring, no real lacing to speak of but looks alright. Smell is interesting, quite sweet, some caramel and corn syrup, light toasty malt, brown sugar, toast and flour, maybe a light nuttiness, some fruit, lemons, whole wheat bread, pretty clean, smells okay. Taste is similar, quite sweet at first, some caramel, lightly floral, very sweet in the middle, sugary, nuttiness and wheat flour is there but not as distinct as in the aroma, lightly spicy in the finish, touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Not bad, the chestnut flour is pretty interesting, I kind of like this.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a decent head of loose white foam. Spicy, with grassy hops, light orange and apricot fruitiness in the nose. Light, but well balanced flavours - light malt, slightly mineral body is interesting, and a mildly bitter finish. Fairly clean flavour and a bit of astringency. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Can't say I detect any chestnut tones.

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Photo of tigg924
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark orange, next to no head, small carbonation

Smell: malt, corn, and a bit of wildflower

Taste: it follows the smell. Some caramel. The description on the menu I was reading spoke of chestnuts, but they are not noticable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a sweet start, with a slightly bitter follow through..medium bodied

Drinkability: This one did not do enough for me to jump out. Very average for the style. I will not hunt this out again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.61/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2010. Enjoyed from an Affligem goblet - since I had one on the go at the time. Amber with surprizing one finger off-white head, low carbonation. Some lacing stuck around, as did a a cloudy, wispy centre. Feint smell of mushrooms, not too much happening on the nose. This beer had a rather unique taste that featured a floral hoppiness, bitter middle and malt finish, all of it punctuated by sweetness that was fleeting; bubblegum kept coming to mind. Overall, a tasty brew although chestnuts didn't particularly stand out.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cognac amber that, despite being brewed with chestnut, appears more so infused with the colour of hazelnut. The beer's complexion is so clear that it can actually appear quite pale, even trailing off to near colourless in parts. Holding it up to the light I notice it has a lot of glow. In its entirety, the head is but enough to make for a scraggly outlining.

Don't invest a lot of time in the aroma. I was swirling away for awhile figuring that since chestnut flour is used in the beer surely I would pick up on that at some point; I believe I was mistaken. I do detect grainy malts and buttery, cloying sweetness, even a hint of peat or oak, but not much that resembles chestnuts. Here's hoping there's more to it than this!

If you're an avid lover of chestnuts then be prepared for the possibility of disappointment. Although the brewery claims to use the chestnut flour as a main ingredient rather than flavouring, that statement isn't quite supported by the actual taste of things. There is a discernible 'nutty' character, to be sure, but it isn't enough to constitute a main flavouring.

But it's enough that I'm starting to enjoy it. To the beer's credit, the base malts are clean and seemingly adjunct free, showing a nice toasty -almost peaty- toffee like flavour that compliments the sweetness of the chestnut. I wish the flavour would linger longer, it's quite pleasant on the palate but could stand to be a little more bold to make a real impression.

It's too bad some beers don't turn out as interesting as they sound. The sweetness of the nut is far more noticeable than its flavour. That one lovely, distinct element aside the beer possesses no more texture or character than any other amber beer, mainstream or otherwise. It's curious how Mediterranean beers all seem to pair so poorly with food.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before the end of 2010, drank Jan 2009.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. I poured aggresivley knowing the glass would hold any head that developed. A large white head did in fact arrive, it quickly sank to half size then sat for a while.

The body was clean, clear and bright, light amber in colour and looked good.

The aroma was a little sweet, toffee and molasses, no hint of the Chestnuts mentioned on the label (they didn't turn up in the taste either).

The taste was OK, again fairly sweet but with a drying aftertaste. Reminded me of a Bitter, in the UK Bitter Ale meaning, not a bitter taste. Strange for a french Lager based beer but true in my opinion. If I hadn't started burping half waay through the drink, I would have forgooten it was in fact a lager!

The alcohol isn't hidden too well, but maybe it isn't supposed to be?

Little too much carbonisation, hence the burps, otherwise a pleasant drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color beer with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Taste of light caramel malt with light sweetness. Taste is somewhat bland with some light caramel malt with some light sweet note also noticeable. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Chestnuts are impossible to detect and again not sure what they would have provided.

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Pietra (Amber) from Brasserie Pietra
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 158 ratings